From the Washington Times (via Drudge) comes a report that Arizona Senator John McCain (R) and Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina, both of them RINOs in the most abject sense of the word, are now attacking Senator Rand Paul (R) for his filibuster of John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director. Rand Paul is a hero. McCain and Graham have morphed into villains. Or perhaps there was no metamorphosis at all. Who can know? From the Times:
Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster didn’t thrill all of his colleagues.
Good for him. If you’ve upset the likes of McCain and Graham, you’re on the right path.
Almost exactly 24 hours after Mr. Paul began his information-seeking filibuster against John O. Brennan, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to the Senate floor to denounce his demands and say he was doing a “disservice” to the debate on drones.
Ah, the issue is drones, now. The issue is not that a convert to Islam is about to take over the most important intel-gathering job on Earth?
Mr. McCain quoted from a Wall Street Journal editorial: “The country needs more senators who care about liberty, but if Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.”
Ah. I see now. Mr. Paul is not to be taken seriously about objecting to turning the CIA over to Islam’s operative. Rather, he should be mocked like a teenager.
The senator went on to say that he didn’t “think that what happened yesterday was helpful to the American people.”
And why is that? Is it because Mr. Paul slowed down the Islamization of America for just a few hours?
And where Democrats praised Mr. Paul for using Senate rules properly to launch a filibuster, Mr. McCain said it was an abuse of rules that could hurt the GOP in the long run.”What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those who say the rules of the Senate are being abused,” the Arizona Republican said.
Ah. I see now. Use of rules is abuse of rules. Using the rules will hurt the GOP. We need to do things Mr. McCain’s way – which is to leave our borders wide open, declare a massive amnesty, and give the entire middle east to the Muslim Brotherhood – Mr. Brennan can ensure that that job gets done. We’re next.
Mr. Paul said he was filibustering to get the administration to affirm it won’t kill non-combatant Americans in the U.S. — and his effort was joined by more than a dozen other senators who said they, too, supported his effort to get answers.
I don’t care why he did it. Anything to stop this confirmation within the rule of law would be fine by me.
Mr. Graham said asking whether the president has the power to kill Americans here at home is a ludicrous question.
“I do not believe that question deserves an answer,” Mr. Graham said.
Yes, it does. The question deserves an answer.
Mr. Graham and Mr. McCain led a Republican delegation that held a private dinner with President Obama on Wednesday, as Mr. Paul was holding the floor with help from other GOP colleagues.
Mr. McCain even joked about Mr. Graham’s “behavior” at the dinner.
“He was on his best manners and everyone was impressed,” Mr. McCain said.
Sounds just like the very end of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Ya couldn’t tell the pigs from the men.
Speaking to reporters after he came off the floor Wednesday, Mr. Graham said he defends Mr. Paul’s right to ask questions and seek answers, but said the filibuster has actually pushed him to now support Mr. Brennan.
Ah. I see now. Mr. Graham would have voted against Brennan. But Mr. Paul’s outrageous exercise of Constitutional process has caused him to change his mind.
Mr. Graham said he had been inclined to oppose the nomination because he’d found Brennan to be qualified for the job but also “arrogant, kind of a bit shifty.” He said he wasn’t going to filibuster him but would have voted against him on final passage, but now he’ll vote for him.
Ah. I see now. Better to vote for the arrogant, shifty guy that works for the enemy of the Republic than to support Rand Paul’s right to do what he did.
“I am going to vote for Brennan now because it’s become a referendum on the drone program,” he said.
Fine. Cast your vote, sir, and take your chances.
Mr. Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is up for re-election next year and could face a primary challenge in the deeply conservative state, also fired back against anyone who would question his decision to meet with Mr. Obama.
“If I can’t go have dinner with the president of the United States to talk about the problems that face our nation, I shouldn’t be running,” Mr. Graham said. “If you want to elect me and for me to promise you I’ll never talk to any Democrats or to the president about solving our problems, you’re voting for the wrong guy.”
Precisely. You’re the wrong guy, Mr. Graham.